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From Small Town Iowa Comes Big Accolades for Terry Hershey Park

Coming from a town of 190 people in Iowa to the fourth largest city in the nation, Emily Davidson never expected to be surrounded by nature and wildlife during her stay in Houston, but that’s exactly what she found. Emily had relocated to the Energy Corridor while her husband Micky was on business here to oversee a construction project. One of the key criteria for finding a temporary home was access to a park to walk their 92-lb mixed breed dog, Buddy. They got a lot more than that as Emily explains. “Being in a large city, I just expected the park to have little path and a few trees. Boy, was I surprised. Terry Hersey Park on Buffalo Bayou has so much natural beauty to offer and so much wildlife! Every day I visited I saw ducks, cranes, birds of all kinds…even an alligator and an armadillo. I just didn’t imagine there would be so much wildlife in a park.”

Being a country girl from Iowa, Terry Hersey Park was a daily source of comfort and relaxation for Emily. “It’s just so relaxing to be in that park” said Emily. “I’d stroll through it and see trees blooming or watch the trumpet vines come out. I found habitats where cardinals and cranes were nesting and I’d peek in on them on my walks to see how they were doing.” Emily visited the park three times a day, almost every day. Sometimes she went at 6 a.m. when Buddy first awoke and sometimes she and Nick took walks in the park in the evening. “It was enjoyable at all times throughout the day” said Emily. “It’s so clean and so well lit. I always felt safe and comfortable. And when my grandson came to visit it was great for him too. He used the playground area and the equipment every day.”

What did Emily like most about the park?  She cites the water and Buffalo Bayou, which also attracts such a variety of birds. One bird was particularly enthralling as Emily explains. “I was in the park and heard this duck whistle. And I’ve never heard whistling ducks like that in Iowa. I was fascinated and went back to our apartment to look them up online to find the name of the specie. It was the black bellied whistling duck. Coming from a rural area, that was comforting to me too.”

Emily agrees that residents in the Energy Corridor are lucky to have Terry Hersey Park and Buffalo Bayou nearby. People can bike in the park, in-line skate, stroll, and just take in all the natural beauty. Emily and Nick’s stay in Houston is over for the time being, but they expect to be back in March.  Until then, Emily has this to say to our community:  “Thank You Houston, Harris County and the Energy Corridor for providing such a treat and for the everlasting memories of my walks in Terry Hershey park.”
 

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